During the bitter winter of 1886 Charley and another cowboy were sitting in the bunkhouse in Utica. Charley's cowboy pal was trying to write a letter to a friend, describing the terrible weather conditions they were experiencing and the devastating effects it was having on the life around them.
The cowboy was struggling to put it all into words, so Charley drew him a picture of a dying cow surrounded by wolves, entitled Waiting for a Chinook.
The recipient received the picture but without an accompanying letter. There was no need for words. Charley's painting said it all. The man owned a store and he displayed it in his window in Helena where it attracted a great deal of attention.
Incidentally, according to The American Heritage Dictionary, a chinook is:
"...a moist warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest....A warm dry wind that descends from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, causing a rapid rise in temperature."